Bayern Munich and Germany’s Stalwart
Full Name: Thomas Muller
Birthdate: September 13, 1989
Place of Birth: Germany
Football Club (Currently): Bayern Munich
Playing Years: 2008 to present
Thomas Muller started his football career at the age of 10, playing with German club TSV Pahl in his youth career. In 2000, he joined local Bundesliga side Bayern Munich, developing through the club’s youth system. He was part of the team that finished as runner-ups during the 2007 Under-19 Bundesliga. He made his debut for Bayern’s reserve team, Bayern Munich II, in March 2008 when he played as a substitute for Stephan Furstner in match against SpVgg Unterhaching in the Regionalliga. The next season, Muller was established as Bayern’s key player having 32 appearances in 38 matches and scoring a total of 15 times, becoming the league’s fifth top scorer. He was promoted to the first team and made his debut in August 2008, playing a replacement for Miroslav Klose in a match against Hamburger SV.
Muller was placed in the first team at the start of the season immediately after signing his two-year contract for Bayern Munich’s senior team. He appeared as a regular replacement for the first few fixtures but later started during a match against Borussia Dortmund where he scored two goals in a 5-1 win. Three days later, he netted another brace in a 3-0 Champions League success against Maccabi Haifa, earning the Bundesliga Player of the Month award. He ended the season with 34 Bundesliga matches, 13 goals, and 11 assists to his name. He was voted as the 2009-10 season best newcomer and was named in the Bundesliga Team of the Season.
The next season was quite productive for the German stalwart, having been awarded Man of the Match at the start of the campaign and winning goals throughout the whole season. He played his 100th Bundesliga match in 2012 against FC Nurnberg. In the 2012-13 season, he helped Bayern Munich accomplish a record-breaking start to the season when he scored a brace in a 5-0 win against Fortuna Dusseldorf, which was also the club’s eighth consecutive victory. Halfway through the season, he already scored a total of 13 goals including a strike against Borussia Dortmund that contributed in Bayern’s victory in the 2012 DFL-Supercup. Muller scored an overall total of 23 goals throughout the season.
Thomas Muller started the 2013-14 campaign by playing in the German Super Cup. He notched seven of the club’s 12 pre-season games. He scored an impressive amount of goals throughout the whole season, ending with a total of 13 goals in 31 league appearances, eight goals in five DFV-Pokal games, and five goals in 12 Champions League fixtures. At the beginning of the 2014-15 season, he declined a contract offer from Manchester United and extended his contract with Bayern Munich, keeping him at the club until 2019. In April 2015, he became the most scoring German player in the UEFA Champions League during a match against Porto. Muller continued his stunning performance throughout the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 seasons, while also becoming the youngest player to win 50 UEFA Champions League fixtures in 2015, breaking the record of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The football phenomenon also became the fastest player to reach 200 Bundesliga wins when he notched the match-winning goal against Schalke, breaking Bastian Schweinsteiger’s record.
Since joining FC Bayern Munich at the age of 10, Thomas Muller developed into one of the world’s top footballers and a serial winner. He has reveled in a highly successful international career to date, collecting six Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal, four DFL-Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup, and a Club World Cup with Bayern Munich. He was also a part of the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, FIFA World Cup Dream Team, and the FIFPro World XI 3rd Team during the 2014 season.
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